Winter 2014 Schedule Changes

The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Winter 2014 edition of their quarterly Bus News. There are minor changes to the schedules of many routes which will take effect Sunday December 28th, 2014... More »

MacNab Transit Terminal Extended Hours

The City of Hamilton is planning to extend the operating hours of the passenger waiting building in the downtown Dec 1st... More »

Get Your PRESTO Card at Fortinos in Hamilton

Did you know that you can now purchase and reload your PRESTO card at local Fortinos stores in Hamilton? More »

Progress in Hamilton

Metrolinx is investing in Hamilton to improve access to transit and help create an integrated transportation system for all in the GTHA. More »

 

Kenilworth Closure Detours 41 MOHAWK Through August 2015

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On Monday, February 2nd, Hamilton’s Public Works Department will resume construction on Kenilworth Avenue from Merchison Avenue to Dofasco Avenue. Work in this area began in 2014 and involves storm sewer installation, a new water main and water services, as well as full road reconstruction including sidewalks.

The road will be closed to all through traffic and only local traffic (residents and customers of nearby businesses) will be permitted access until the project is completed later this summer. The section of Kenilworth Avenue between Beach Road and Burlington Street will remain open for the duration of the project.

Due to this closure, route 41 MOHAWK will be on detour.

Bus Lane to be Removed Starting Today

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City crews will begin removing overhead and ground-mount “bus only” signs along the bus-only lane on King Street this morning as per Council’s direction on January 21st to discontinue the project.

The process is expected to take about four days to complete this work, weather-permitting. There will be minor delays during this work as crews occupy the north curb lane to complete their work. Delays to buses which use this portion of King Street will also occur.

Once these overhead signs are removed the lane is considered legally open for all other vehicles according to the Highway Traffic Act.

The removal of the ‘diamond’ and ‘bus only’ stencils in the lane is expected to begin tonight and will continue over the next few weeks, weather-permitting. In the spring, crews will remove and repaint the longitudinal lane lines. The traffic and parking by-laws will be amended at the February 11th Council meeting to reflect the discontinuation of the bus-only lane.

On-street parking will remain on the south side of King Street only until early February when new parking meters are expected to be installed on the north side. In the meantime, the north curb lane will be a travel lane only with no parking.

An update will be provided with more detailed parking information in early February.

Source: Kelly Anderson, City of Hamilton

Some PRESTO Services Unavailable from January 23 to 24

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PRESTO is currently upgrading its system to prepare for the launch of the Union Pearson Express service this spring. Some services will be affected from January 23rd to January 24th.

To learn more, please see below.

PRESTO services affected

During the January 23-24 device upgrade, these PRESTO services will be affected:

  • Transactions performed online or by phone during this time will take longer to process and can take up to 48 hours to be added to your card.
  • Expect a delay in updates to the transaction history

More New Bus Shelters Planned for January

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Last March, Hamilton City Council approved the installation of some sixty new bus shelters throughout the city of Hamilton.

January will see seventeen new transit shelters installed later in the month. All of the shelters listed were noted to be full shelters, with the exception of MAPLEWOOD at GAGE and UPPER WELLINGTON opposite INVERNESS which were listed as canopy shelters. You can see an example of a canopy shelter at the bottom of the page.

According to Kelly Anderson from Public Works, additional shelter locations will be identified in consultation with Council and a list is expected to be available in third quarter of 2015.

No New Articulated Bus Orders Planned

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The City of Hamilton approved an order for new 60′ Natural Gas articulated buses last June, which should arrive in the next few months. But after this latest order there are no further planned purchases of articulated buses.

The question arose after the Metrolinx Transit Procurement page listed Hamilton on the list for 60′ articulated, 40′ regular as well as mini-buses.

Mini-buses are used on several low volume routes including 12 WENTWORTH, 18 WATERDOWN and 52A DUNDAS LOCAL.

The information listed on the Metrolinx page is incorrect.

GO Service Changes starting January 3

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GO Transit will be seeing some service changes beginning on January 3rd, 2015. These service changes affect three of the routes which service the city of Hamilton, including the QEW Express bus.

2014 Boxing Day Race Detours

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The Boxing Day Race will be held on Friday, December 26th and will involve approximately 1,000 runners. The race route will be the same as the revised route implemented last year.

The following road closures will occur as a result of the race. Please note that times shown are approximate:

  • Hunter Street – Hughson Street to Bay Street (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
  • Bay Street – Hunter Street to Stuart Street (11:45 AM to 1:00 PM)
  • Macklin Street – Longwood Road to King Street (12:15 PM to 1:30 PM)
  • Longwood Road – King Street West to Macklin Street (12:15 PM to 1:30 PM)
  • MacNab Street North – Strachan Street to York Blvd. (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
  • A map of the race route is below.

During the race it will be necessary to detour routes 4 BAYFRONT, 6 ABERDEEN, 7 LOCKE and 8 YORK. The route detours are as follows below:

City of Hamilton Now Hiring Bus Operators

The City of Hamilton has now opened up the bus operator recruitment page and is accepting applications to become a transit operator. There is a small window to submit an application, and the process can be easily completed through the city website.

The city will be accepting applications from today, Thursday, December 18th, 2014 until Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.

Who can apply:

To be eligible for a Bus Operator position, you must meet the following criteria at time of application:

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Possess a clean and clear driving record for three years (no demerit points and/or no infractions) previous to the application and at the time of hire, and a valid driver’s licence – Class ‘G’. (Candidate’s must provide a recent copy of a driver’s abstract upon request. Driver abstracts cannot be older than 14 days upon submission.)
  • Recent demonstrated experience working with the public, normally acquired through substantial and direct customer service experience which would include conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, interpersonal communication and problem solving.
  • Thrive in a minimally supervised environment.
  • Capable of obtaining a Class “B” license. (In order to determine eligibility for a Class “B” license, HSR is required to examine the medical results and the criminal record of applicants being considered for hire as a bus operator, as per Reg. 462 H.T.A.).

Binbrook TransCab Ending February 13th

With the Bus Lane in the crosshairs, another transit project has been axed after being put to a vote.

Binbrook TransCab, which started up just over a year ago, will end in the coming months after the results of a public meeting and citizen survey. The results were announced at a public meeting held at the Glanbrook Municipal Building on Wednesday night.

TransCab is an extension of regular bus service that is operated by taxi. Transit users are shuttled from the community of Binbrook to 44 RYMAL buses at Rymal near Upper Centennial by taxi for a 50 cent addition to the regular fare.

“I was really hoping it would pass,” Ward 11 Councillor Brenda Johnson tweeted on Wednesday night after being asked for the results of the survey. “Binbrook residents voted 2-1 not to continue transcab.”

James Mountain Road Closure December 13-14 Weekend Detours Routes 21/33/35

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Effective Saturday, December 13th, 2014 and Sunday, December 14th, 2014 from approximately 8:00AM to 6:00PM daily, James Mountain Road will be closed due to construction. As a result, routes 21 UPPER KENILWORTH, 33 SANATORIUM and 35 COLLEGE will be on detour during these times.

The route detours are as follows below: